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Be safe, smart with fireworks on holiday

Be safe, smart with fireworks on holiday

Over the past few years, Virginia has seen an increase in firework-related incidents, with a total of 105 fireworks-related incidents in 2016 compared to only 34 incidents in 2015.

"Hand and finger injuries are the most common", he said.

Unless you're a professional, fireworks are illegal to set off in both OH and West Virginia, with the exception of sparklers and bang-snaps and other very small novelties.

Today, the Phoenix Fire Department held a demonstration to show the dangers that fireworks can pose and remind people that just because they are permissible doesn't mean they are safe.

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These devices, including sparklers, cause thousands of fires each year. The majority of these incidents are related to either the use of illegal fireworks or state-approved fireworks that are used incorrectly. On average each year, there have been 18,500 reported fires started by fireworks, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires and 16,900 outside and other fires.

Phillips said she encourages people to enjoy the fireworks display in Riverfront Park, rather than shoot off their own. These can land on rooftops or wedge themselves stuck and can retain enough heat to cause a fire. That list includes reading the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting, always have a bucket of water or charged water hose nearby, light one firework at a time and then quickly move away, and never carry fireworks in your pocket or shoot them into metal or glass containers. Even something as small as sparklers need to be lit for them to work. Examples of illegal fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.

With fireworks being legal in much of the state, Wyman said safety should also be a priority. Statewide, from July 1 to July 4 past year, a total of 12 fatal crashes killed 13 people, and OHP recorded 680 OVI arrests in that period. This prevents fireworks from firing off horizontally, becoming missiles that bounce along the ground and potentially hit spectators. This cans cause burns on the lower legs and feet. They may be very hot and have the potential to explode. He warned that nationwide, sparklers account for about 28 percent of all fireworks injuries.

Powers and Garrett urge caution when a firework appears to be a dud. These have explosions that can rattle windows of homes blocks away and are produced illegally. A person who possesses or uses fireworks without a valid permit or who sells to a person who does not have a valid permit is subject to a forfeiture of up to $1,000 per violation. Children's entertainment, food and craft vendors, and a fireworks display. Terry Law Firm donated money to the fireworks show to ensure its success and growth and as a result, the fireworks show is bigger than it has been before.

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